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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Novel-Ties Teachers Study Guide) Paperback – January 1, 2010


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"the first teenage novel by poet/author Sherman Alexie. Funny, heart-wrenching and utterly gripping, let's hope it's the first of many." -- Kate Agnew Guardian 20080604 "breathtakingly honest, heartbreaking and very, very funny ... Beautifully written, coupled with poignant drawings that reflect Junior's art, it's easy to see why this won the National Book Award in America." -- Keith Gray Scotsman 20080628 "one of the best books I've reviewed for a long time. I read it in one sitting. It is profound and an inspiration to read. It covers themes that few books handle with comparable wit and honesty ... it has volumes to say to teenagers everywhere on the planet. I'll be shoving my copy around all known readers." Books for Keeps 20080501 "A unique and unsettling read which deserves to be one of the most talked about books of the year." --Becky Stradwick Publishing News 20080408 "Always honest, sometimes painfully so, this is also raunchy, extremely funny, witty and wise. (TOP TITLE, CHILDREN'S BOOKSELLER)" The Bookseller 20080321

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Sherman Alexie is an award-winning author, poet and filmmaker, who was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. One of the most well-known and beloved literary writers of his generation, his works of adult fiction include Reservation Blues and short story collections Ten Little Indians and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. He lives in Seattle.
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Product Details

  • Series: Novel-Ties Study Guide
  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Learning Links (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767544498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767544498
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gregory on November 25, 2013
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Written to encourage Native American youth literacy, this Sherman Alexie story captures the interest of all races and ages. Alexie especially uses well-crafted dialogue to capture the reservation life and the life of any boy or young man. Devastating events, hurtful accounts, life-threatening actions - all were treated in a matter-of-fact method that reflects true life on the "Rez". Having grown up next to the Coeur d'Alene reservation, and having taught many years on the Yakima and Colville reservations; I can say that much of this seemed familiar and poignant. As a teacher I can recommend this guide.

Although there were many sad parts to this story; there were also many light and positive events that reflect the life of a young man - sports, friendships, and the love of family. I recommend this book for readers of all ages.

I firmly believe teachers should read the book to their classes, or assign this book and, at the very least, provide it for interested students. In any event, the teacher' edition is invaluable.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RedheadHeroines on March 1, 2013
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From the description of this book and the notoriety of the author, one expects The Absolutely True Diary to be heavy--weighed down by societal issues, controversial topics, and generally dense material.

But it's not. Diary is intensely readable. Once you fall into Junior's head, it seems almost effortless to read this book.

But Alexie is so deceiving. He talks about zits and pretty white girls and basketball woes one minute, then throws in a racial slur or two, an unexpected and tragic death, and general heartbreak another minute. But still, the narrative does not slow. Still Junior keeps his composure. Still the book is readable and enjoyable at that.

The characters in Diary seemed doomed to live their lives according to their circumstances: those born poor and Indian will die poor and Indian. Those born rich and white will die rich and white. Those born ignorant will die ignorant.

And just when it seems like one of them managed to escape, (Junior attending Reardan rather than the Rez school, his sister Mary following her true love to Montana), they fall right back into their innate conditions again.

The complications that arise when these characters try to break free from their social circumstances show that Diary is not simply an issue novel, because no issues are solved. The closest that the novel comes to a resolution is with Junior and Rowdy's relationship, but even this is not cut-and-dry.

At some points, the honesty of Diary is exhausting. It's difficult to know what to do when 13 year old Junior says with a straight face:

"It sucks to be poor, and it sucks to feel that you somehow deserve to be poor," (13).

"I don't know if hope is white.
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32 of 50 people found the following review helpful By BT Invictus on June 13, 2013
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Note: This is a review of the novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, not the teacher study guide. It was originally posted in the right place but, due to an Amazon glitch, it is now here for some reason.

I admit that, from the very first page, I read this book with a skeptical eye. Prior to reading this novel, I had nothing against Sherman Alexie, but I'm not such a fan of adolescent literature as a genre. My suspicion stems from my encounters with a growing trend, popular among professors, colleagues and administrators I've worked with, that aims to supplement, and even supplant, classic literature on high school curricula with adolescent selections like this one. It's something my high school is seriously considering at this moment and has already begun to do so with summer reading. Why? Because Shakespeare, Wolfe, Joyce, Kafka, Achebe, Tolstoy, Hurston, etc., are no longer deemed relevant to today's teens. What could a teen possibly learn from some dead Russian guy? If this book is in any way representative of adolescent literature as a genre and this trend continues to garner support from educators, we are in a world of trouble, and I'm quitting the teaching profession for good.

So, what specifically did I dislike about this book?

1) It's too shallow for high schoolers and too vulgar for junior highers. And the vulgarity is gratuitous. It didn't strike me as having any purpose other than to shock some teens and get them to think, "This book is cool, man! Shakespeare never uses the f-word!!" Is anyone edified by reading about the nocturnal addictions of a teen boy? Has our culture really become so debased? This book won several awards! I simply cannot believe it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R.J.K. Kendle on July 10, 2013
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OMG. This book is a great read for kids from 8-98. I love Sherman Alexie. All I can say about this funny, tender, frank, concise book is: love it! He makes me want to write a book. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Novel-Ties Teachers Study Guide)
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3 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rani Lee on February 21, 2013
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I realize I should have read a little closer when purchasing, but this product is labeled as The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by SHERMAN ALEXIE, when in fact, the product is a study guide. I would never have even clicked on the product had it been properly labeled. I am completely disappointed and frustrated because I have to read the NOVEL by Tuesday and all I have is this study guide, which is completely useless to me. READ PRODUCT DESCRIPTION BEFORE YOU BUY.
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